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Why wont my bladder infections go away after takikng many antibotics?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
6 doctors agree

In brief: Various reasons

Antibiotic failure may occur due to: insufficient dose & duration of antibiotic; drug-resistant bacteria present, non-bacterial infection with yeast or virus; presence of kidney or bladder stones; surgical hardware or kidney abscess causing persistent infection or drug interactions preventing absorption of the antibiotic.
Other diseases can mimic UTI such as: interstitial cystitis & sterile pyuria.

In brief: Various reasons

Antibiotic failure may occur due to: insufficient dose & duration of antibiotic; drug-resistant bacteria present, non-bacterial infection with yeast or virus; presence of kidney or bladder stones; surgical hardware or kidney abscess causing persistent infection or drug interactions preventing absorption of the antibiotic.
Other diseases can mimic UTI such as: interstitial cystitis & sterile pyuria.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cause not addressed

Antibiotics alone isn't the panacea -no antibiotic will "get rid" of the infection meaningfully unless the underlying cause is addressed.
Otherwise, it will recur. A urological evaluation is needed in women if repeated infections occur (in men , it need happen only once) to determine if there is an anatomical or physiological problem that can be fixed- only then can antibiotics finish the job.

In brief: Cause not addressed

Antibiotics alone isn't the panacea -no antibiotic will "get rid" of the infection meaningfully unless the underlying cause is addressed.
Otherwise, it will recur. A urological evaluation is needed in women if repeated infections occur (in men , it need happen only once) to determine if there is an anatomical or physiological problem that can be fixed- only then can antibiotics finish the job.
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. John Leander Po
Three answers, the first and second described by Dr. Wainscoat, with the third described here: 1. Antibiotic failure 2. Source control not achieved, and 3. Anatomical/physiologic problem that perpetuates an infection.
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